The city of Arab kicks off the holiday season immediately after Thanksgiving and for four weeks, the public is invited to a festive display of lights, entertainment, and music. Christmas in the Park features more than two million lights throughout Arab City Park and is expected to draw thousands of visitors in search of the holiday spirit.
Christmas in the Park kicks off on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony followed by live entertainment featuring Christmas music. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park taking in the millions of lights and holiday decorations each evening through December 31st.
Santa in the Park, held in conjunction with Christmas in the Park, also adds to the holiday cheer when the Arab Historic Village, located adjacent to Arab City Park, is transformed into Santa’s Village. Children can visit with Santa, decorate cookies, visit the gristmill to get food for Santa’s reindeer, watch reindeer shoes be made at the blacksmith shop, or have a cup of hot chocolate at the General Store. Local musicians and carolers perform traditional holiday music and all historic buildings are open and adorned with festive Christmas decorations. Santa in the Park is open from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving, and continues on Friday and Saturday evenings until Christmas. Admission for Santa in the Park is $5 per person and children under 2 are admitted free.